Childhood cancer is nothing new to my blog. Dangit. I wish I didn’t have a whole section on it. But worse, the parents who have lost their own children to it, wish they didn’t belong to that club.
Donna is Mary Tyler Mom’s daughter, who was diagnosed in 2007 with an aggressive brain tumor. She passed away in 2009. A hard fought 31 months. Yes that is Donna in the picture above. She was only 20 months old when she was diagnosis.
You can read Donna’s story that was featured on Huffington Post in September here- http://www.chicagonow.com/mary-tyler-mom/2011/08/gold-is-the-new-pink/.
Okay, why am I writing about Donna Day?
St. Baldrick’s foundation, was formed in 1999 by a group of insurance executives. Since that time they have granted over $100 million to researchers trying to find a cure for childhood cancer. They are the largest funder for this outside the US government. Their charity ratings are great and best yet, there is a focus on SHARING research. So important for kids in small towns across America.
St. Baldrick’s is known for their events where folks shave their heads. My brother did it ages ago. In Chicago actually, and he’ll never forget it was the Miss Illinois at the time who actually did the shaving. It never grew back. Just kidding. Sort of.
So here is where I’m asking for your help. Okay, your money. Let’s be honest. Research comes down to money. Why is research important? Here are the staggering statistics:
- More US children will die from cancer than any other disease, or many other diseases combined;
- Before the age of 20, 1 in 300 boys and 1 in 333 girls will be diagnosed with cancer;
- worldwide, a child is diagnosed ever three minutes;
- the cure rate for the most common form of pediatric cancer, ALL leukemia, is as high as 90%, but most other childhood cancers do not have that success rate, e.g., brain tumors have a 50/50 cure rate, and some, like DIPG, are known to be fatal with no known treatment or cure;
- 73% of kids who survive their cancer will have chronic health problems as a result of their treatment and 42% will suffer severe or life-threatening conditions like secondary cancers.
If the internet is good for anything, along with social media and the blogosphere, it’s reaching out and passing the proverbial collection plate. Right?
So here’s what you do- go to this link- http://www.stbaldricks.org/events/mypage/6969/2013 and click on the GREEN donate button. Give your coffee money for the week, or more if you can. It’s pretty easy.
An 89 year old grandma is shaving her head at the event! Wow! Kinda makes me want to join in too. Hmm….
So there’s your assignment.
Go do it for Donna.